Wednesday, January 30, 2013

C  I  T  Y    O  F    A  T  L  A  N  T  A


WHO:              District 2 Councilmember Kwanza Hall

                        Fourth Ward Alliance

WHAT:           2013 Year of Boulevard Kickoff

WHERE:         Tabernacle Baptist Church

                        475 Boulevard NE

                        Atlanta, GA 30308

WHEN:           Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.  

ATLANTA Building on the strides made in 2012, District 2 Councilmember Kwanza Hall will join the Fourth Ward Alliance neighborhood association to kick off the 2013 edition of Year of Boulevard on Thursday, January 10.

"The Boulevard community has a lot to be proud of," said Hall. "We did what we said we would do in 2012. We kept our focus and created a solid foundation of accomplishments and relationships to build upon this year. Many Atlanta nonprofit agencies have answered the call to serve the families of the Boulevard corridor in 2013. I cant wait to introduce them on Thursday.

Hall is inviting all Atlantans to join him and Boulevard corridor neighbors for the meeting, hosted by Tabernacle Baptist Church, 475 Boulevard NE 30308.  Attendees are invited to socialize over refreshments from 6:30 7 p.m.  Year of Boulevard nonprofit and government partners will have literature tables and registration for their programs. The neighborhood meeting begins promptly at 7 p.m.  Families are welcome to bring their children as free childcare will be provided.

At the meeting Hall will premiere a video highlighting the achievements from the first year of the initiative and will introduce 2013 partners to the community. The Tabernacle Baptist Church choir will perform as well.

Launched in January of 2012, the Year of Boulevard has been the catalyst for a new police mini-precinct located within Atlanta Medical Center, spring and fall community cleanup efforts along the corridor, four summer camps for 450 youth sponsored by community stakeholders, and improvements to the Bedford Pine properties. Atlanta City Council District 2s Boulevard corridor contains the highest concentration of poverty in the southeastern United States.

For his efforts to improve the Boulevard corridor, the W.K.Kellogg Foundation recently selected Hall as the recipient of a fellowship to collaborate with other elected officials from across the country engaged in similar grassroots community improvement efforts. Hall and a team of five Atlanta stakeholders will travel to Los Angeles the week of January 14, 2013, to work with their peers from seven U. S. cities, including Baltimore, Newark, Nashville, and Oakland.